Researcher Profiles

Chee H'ng

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Postnatal mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) derived from connective
tissues are capable of developing into multiple cell lineages
(myelosupportive stroma, adipocytes, smooth muscle cells,
myoblasts, ligament cells, chondrocytes and osteoblasts). Our Lab
examines the transcriptional, epigenetic and signalling factors that
regulate MSC self-renewal, proliferation, multi-differentiation and
immune cell modulation. These molecular processes are being
investigated as underlying mechanisms mediating tissue repair,

Dr Jeremiah Shuster

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Sciences

Jeremiah is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Adelaide under the mentorship of Dr Frank Reith. After receiving his PhD in 2013 from Western University (Canada), he moved to Australia for his first postdoctoral appointment at The University of Queensland. Jeremiah’s research primarily focuses on the fundamental understanding of how bacteria contribute to the biogeochemical cycling of gold and how gold is mobile within natural environments.

Dr Mark Bunch

Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. His present research activities are concerned with formation evaluation and seismic geomorphology.

Dr Kelly McDougall

Research Associate
Faculty of Arts

Kelly McDougall is a Research Associate at the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP). She is a human geographer with research interests in the areas of international migration, population ageing and population change.

Dr Kate Delaporte

Acting Curator Waite Arboretum
Faculty of Sciences

Kate is the Acting Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve, a position that enables her to implement her knowledge of trees and Australian native plants, her skills in working with volunteers and community groups, and grow her various research interests. Kate’s main interest is improving Australian native plants for horticulture by research into propagation, cultivation, and breeding and selecting new varieties and species.

Dr Michelle Lim

Faculty of the Professions

Dr Michelle Lim's research occurs at the intersection between biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Michelle completed a double degree in Science (Ecosystem Management) and Law and a PhD on legal and institutional arrangements for transboundary biodiversity conservation at the University of New England. Michelle's post-doctoral research, based at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland, examined governance approaches for addressing ecosystem services and human well-being in the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta.

Dr Xiangqun Ju

Research Associate
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Xiangqun Ju has long-term clinical experience on oral and maxillofacial surgery and her PhD research has involved epidemiological aspects of oral and general health among older Australians. Now she works in the University of Adelaide’s Indigenous Oral Health Unit as an Indigenous oral health researcher to investigate the relationship between social economic status, nutrition and dental caries among Indigenous Australian children.

Dr Thomas Leistner

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics. I did my PhD at Humboldt-University Berlin, held postdoc positions at Berlin and Adelaide, and worked as a Assistant Professor at the University of Hamburg before joining the University of Adelaide.
My research lies in differential geometry, which is an area of pure mathematics that deals with curved spaces (and space-times) and has applications in mathematical physics, in particular in general relativity and string theory.